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For a relatively small state, Maryland certainly packs a punch when it comes to visitor enticements. The state that surrounds the nation’s capital is one of the most densely-populated in the Union, though it still manages to showcase some gorgeous natural assets, not least the Allegheny Mountains to the West and the gloriously scenic Chesapeake Bay to the East. As well as Washington DC satellite districts like Bethesda and Annapolis, The best places to stay in Maryland are an equally wide mix from chic city pads to romantic inns overlooking the bay.

Maryland does of course contain some colourful and characterful cities of its own, which have had principal parts to play in the story of America, notably Baltimore, one of the nation’s great urban renaissance stories. How this post-industrial city, famous for the wrong reasons (as viewers of the TV series The Wire will attest) reinvented itself as a capital of arts, culture, food and leisure is one contemporary urban America’s most pleasing redemption stories (though it still has plenty of challenges).

So whether you’re on for a bit of Civil War history (the site of the great bloodbath Battle of Antietam is beautifully presented), or kayaking, or bird watching in the Chesapeake’s countless inlets and wetlands (St Michael's is a good place be based), or whether you fancy cycling along the C&O Canal to the Great Allegheny Passage, this is a state that will keep the whole family stimulated, surprised and sated with delicious seafood and other regional delicacies.

Our selection of the best places to stay in Maryland represents only the tip of a the iceberg of delightful places to stay, but certainly has something for all tastes and budgets.

For the Best Baltimore Breaks

  • Hotel Monaco is a Beaux Arts period delight in the heart of the city, with many original Tiffany features, and spacious rooms with a rich colour palette. B&O Brasserie is reputed to be one of Baltimore's best and you're ideally located for local exploring.
  • Hotel Brexton is another period property and this one's claim to fame is that it was the childhood home to Wallis Simpson! Rooms are a mix of modern and traditional, and it's excellent value with rooms from just $119 B&B.

For fabulous views of Chesapeake Bay

  • Watch the yachts sail past from the vantage point of an infinity pool in this glorious old colonial-era spa hotel. The Inn at Perry Cabin even has its own offshore sailing school in the season (April-Nov).
  • Sailing, fishing and kayaking are all on the menu at Wade's Point Inn on the Bay, an elegant collection of buidlings, connected by manicured lawns. It's the perfect place to contemplate the stunning bay sunsets, glass in hand.
  • Sandaway Waterfront Lodging offers not only views of the Chesapeake, but also of the Tred Avon and Choptank rivers. It's elegantly chic and a determinedly private hotel.- perfect for a spot of romance!

For heritage hunters

  • The Inn at Henderson's Wharf, Baltimore is a conversion of an old tobacco factory, where the leaves were prepared for their long voyage down the Chesapeake and across the Atlantic to Glasgow, Liverpool and Bordeaux. Nowadays a place of relaxation and character rather than hard work.
  • Historic Inns of Annapolis - the plural comes from the fact that this is actually three townhouses in the old coastal town of Annapolis, best known for the grand presence of the US Naval Academy. Great place from which to explore Washington DC and Baltimore and the National Maritime Museum is nearby.
  • Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore is a dockside hotel with a fantastically colourful history based in the old (founded 1730!) shipbuilding centre of Fell’s Point. The area became a bit rough in the 19th century but has long since cleaned up its act and now this unique boutique is in the middle of one of the most vibrant and evocative parts of Old Baltimore.

Still can’t decide on the best places to stay in Maryland? Contact one of our friendly gurus for advice!

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Best Hotels in Maryland

  • Hotel Brexton Baltimore (Maryland) 28 rooms from £93

    Sights nearby  -  Try the boat tours to explore the city, or even a water taxi.
    Local markets  -  Broadway Pier.
    Full of character
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.

    An 1881 Queen Anne style, seven-storied boutique hotel. Rooms vary in style with four poster beds or modern furnishings, all with mod-cons, bathrooms and a daily breakfast. Location is perfect for local exploring, discovering Baltimore's history and in close proximity to Washington DC. See More

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  • The Inn at Osprey Point Rock Hall, Maryland 7 rooms from £94

    Groups  -  Groups or families will love the 4 bedroom Farmhouse which comes with kitchen, pool table, fire-pit and screened porch
    Back to Nature  -  Breathe in fresh sea air as you sail, kayak, fish or simply relax on the water-facing lawn
    Sailing  -  Those arriving by boat can dock at the marina and receive 50% off of transient fees
    Fishing  -  Charter a boat out into Swan Creek for fishing or simply a sunset cruise

    Elegant inn, restaurant and marina located on the shores of Swan Creek in Rock Hall. Rooms are split over 3 colonial-style buildings; the main inn, farmhouse and annexe. There is an outdoor pool, extensive waterfront grounds and children's playground. Rooms are traditional and offer panoramic views. See More

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  • Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor Baltimore 129 rooms from £98

    Local exploring  -  Inner Harbor is Baltimore's sightseeing hub with endless attractions plus lively bars and restaurants
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the harbor's historic warships, National Aquarium, Ripley's Believe It or Not! or catch a baseball game at Camden Yards
    Local markets  -  The area boasts an excellent market, the local Farmer's Market Bazaar
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.

    Good-value centrally-located harbour hotel. Relaxed decor combines industrial fixtures and materials with mish-mashed furniture. Fresh and airy rooms with wooden floors are cosy in a minimalist style. Sociable guests will love the open-plan communal lobby, cafe bar, small events venue & games room. See More

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  • Hotel Revival Baltimore (Mount Vernon) 100 rooms from £98

    City Style  -  Part of an effort to bring the local historic neighbourhood to life, this impressive property is deeply embedded in its location
    Artworks  -  The curated art collection supports local artists & plays on the building's artistic legacy. Rooms have one-of-a-kind pieces
    Local exploring  -  Located in the wonderful Mount Vernon neighbourhood with vibrant art galleries, shops, parks & historic architecture
    Sights nearby  -  It's walking distance to the city's iconic Penn Station and Washington Monument

    Former 1920s mansion converted into stylish boutique hotel. Whimsical interiors combine period-fixtures, floral wallpaper, antiques, unique art & homely oriental carpets with Art Deco & mid-century touches. Enjoy phenomenal views from the lively restaurant and bar. Perfect for a romantic city break. See More

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  • Hotel Monaco, Baltimore Baltimore (Maryland) 202 rooms from £101

    Sights nearby  -  Downtown Baltimore offers a historic neighbourhood and a range of sights.
    Fishing  -  Check out the harbour.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    A 1906 Beaux Arts gem with original Tiffany fixtures and marble staircases in the heart of Baltimore. The modern, spacious rooms offer city views. B&O American Brasserie whips up locally sourced American cuisine and do not miss wine hour every evening. Gym and business facilities also available. See More

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  • Inn at Perry Cabin St Michaels 78 rooms from £130

    Total relaxation  -  The peaceful gardens, exquisite spa, outdoor pool and views over Chesapeake Bay- the perfect relaxing break
    Active Holiday  -  The Offshore Sailing School on the inn's grounds offers lessons between April and November
    Spa  -  Linden Spa offers an array of spa treatments, including massages, exfoliation treatments, yoga classes, facials and pedicures
    Swimming Pool  -  The beautiful outdoor infinity pool is open from May to August, and is surrounded by blossoms and flowers
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Mr & Mrs Smith

    Beautiful colonial hotel with spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay, a 200-year-old garden and a renowned spa. The spacious and elegant rooms feature Laura Ashley designer fabrics and wallpapers. The bar, restaurant, gardens and spa all conspire to provide a relaxed yet stylish atmosphere. See More

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  • Inn at Huntingfield Creek Rock Hall, Maryland 12 rooms from £108

    Hideaway  -  It's easy to spend several days and not leave the property. Enjoy the secluded rural location and calm and tranquility it brings
    Back to Nature  -  Admire spring flowers, go boating on the lake and pick fruit trees; but most importantly enjoy the silence of nature
    Active Holiday  -  The Chesapeake Bay areas offers sailing, kayaking, riding, fishing, hunting, hiking and cycling
    Birdwatching  -  There's excellent bird-watching on the property due to the lake and expansive grounds

    Escape to the country with a stay at this water-front farmhouse estate. Set over 70 acres, there are cottages separate to the Main House. Inviting rooms are colourful and contemporary with lovingly mismatched furniture, soft colours and comfy throws. Owner-run, warm and relaxed; feels like home. See More

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  • Admiral Fell Inn Baltimore (Maryland) 80 rooms from £109

    Sights nearby  -  Try a Baltimore Water Taxi to see the city from the water.
    Local markets  -  Broadway Market and Pier are a great afternoon trip.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Full of character

    18th Century boutique resting on Baltimore's historic waterfront offers scenic boat trips and ghost tours. Spacious rooms are notably comfortable with antique furnishings. Tapas Adela serves up delicious cocktails and a Spanish menu. Location is perfect for local exploring for all the family. See More

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  • Wylder Tilghman Island Saint Michaels, Maryland 54 rooms from £117

    Weddings  -  Arrive by boat to a ceremony on the creek-facing lawn. Excellent dining and outdoor fire-pits make this a memorable venue
    Country Escape  -  A weekend by the sea doesn't get more wholesome; eat well, sail, kayak, enjoy the views and breathe in that salty air
    Total relaxation  -  You can easily while away a stay soaking in the heated salt water pool or reading a book on the sea-facing lawn
    Sailing  -  Charter a fishing boat or a sunset cruise on Harris Creek
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Seaside hotel located on a 9.5-acre estate on Tilghman Island. The 1898 boarding house has been converted into a chic nautical-themed resort with a private marina, pool and 2 seafood dining venues. 54 rooms have sea views and balconies and are decked out in maritime colours, brass, rattan and wood. See More

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  • Historic Inns of Annapolis Annapolis (Maryland) 124 rooms from £117

    Sailing  -  Sailing in Annapolis is a popular past time.
    Sights nearby  -  National Maritime Museum.
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.

    Hotel consists of 3 townhouses in central Annapolis. Modern rooms offer en suite bathrooms and all facilities. The Treaty of Paris Restaurant offers seasonal fish, an extensive wine list and American cuisine. Location is great for Maryland's history and Washington DC. Business and gym facilities. See More

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  • Wades Point Inn on the Bay St Michaels (McDaniel) 26 rooms from £140

    Sailing  -  Lady Patty sets sail from Knapp’s Narrows Marina onto the Chesapeake Bay and the Choptank River- discounts for hotel guests.
    Fishing  -  Have a certified Orvis guide take you out in a 19 foot Hewes flatboat, or simply enjoy the complimetary lines provided.
    Kayaking  -  Kayaks onsite for exploring the The American Canoe Association recommended Tilghman Island Water Trail.
    Birdwatching  -  Check out the “Birds of Wades Point B & B" list- regularly updated by Talbot Bird Club.

    Four elegant buildings, surrounded by slopping lawns and porches overlooking the bay. Spacious and beautifully decorated bedrooms with large windows commanding spectacular ocean views, provide plenty of natural light. Sit back and enjoy the Chesapeake Bay sunsets! See More

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  • Rachael's Dowry Baltimore 6 rooms from £147

    Local exploring  -  Managing to feel quiet and peaceful, the area is walking distance from many of Baltimore's main sites
    City Style  -  Feel like a well-heeled local when staying at this elegant and centrally-located base
    Sights nearby  -  Walk to Baltimore's Inner Harbour, Lexington Market, Edgar Allen Poe Museum and Barre Circle Historic District
    Restrictions on children  -  Children aged 10 and above are welcome at the property

    Built-in 1798 as the home of a prominent American family, this beautifully restored traditional townhouse is now an award-winning inn. Centrally located, yet with a pleasant courtyard garden, 6 classically decorated rooms have antique furniture, Persian rugs, fireplaces & stand-alone tubs. See More

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  • Sandaway Waterfront Lodging Oxford, Maryland 18 rooms from £148

    Cooking classes  -  Cooking demonstrations with Master Chef Mark Salter in nearby town Oxford.
    Hideaway  -  Each room comes with a private seating area commanding spectacular views.
    Views  -  Views of the Tred Avon River, Choptank River, & Chesapeake Bay
    Fishing  -  Nearby Chesapeake Bay offers a variety of fishing charters.

    Elegant rooms and suites commanding spectacular views of Chesapeake Bay. Designed as a lovers' hideaway, each room comes with private seating area and a team of masseurs on call! For the more active couples, water sports facilities on site. A chic romantic getaway. See More

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  • Antrim 1844 Taneytown, Maryland 40 rooms from £187

    Local exploring  -  This is Civil War territory; history buffs will want to visit monuments, military parks, cemetries, memorials and historic sites
    Foodies  -  The property's Smokehouse Restaurant was recently named Best Historic Restaurant in America
    Sights nearby  -  The property is 15 minutes drive from Gettysburg's Civil War battlefields, Frederick, Westminster and Hanover
    Great walks  -  Go for a wander on one of the ground's nature trails, play croquet on the lawn or a spot of badminton

    Indulge in illusions of grandeur at this Greek-Revival brick boutique hotel set in 24 acres of grounds. Every detail has been considered in highly decorative rooms that hail back to the Gilded Age; think heavy wooden four-poster beds, high ceilings, floral wallpaper & window seats. A special stay. See More

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  • The Inn at Henderson's Wharf Baltimore (1000 Fell Street) 38 rooms from £195

    Weddings
    Sights nearby  -  The Marina at Henderson's Wharf, on the doorstep, is a great place to see the boats of the seas.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.

    Personal butler service ensures this old tobacco factory fits the brief. In a quiet corner of Fell's Point on Henderson's Wharf you'll find a charming inner courtyard garden overlooked by large, modern rooms, some with views of the sea. Explore fine dining and good pubs on this historic waterfront. See More

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  • Sagamore The Pendry Baltimore 128 rooms from £215

    City Style  -  An uber cool waterfront hotel with floor to ceiling steal-cast windows, cutting edge interior design and fabulous dining options
    Local exploring  -  Right in the beating heart of Baltimore's buzzy waterfront, filled with restaurants and tourist entertainments
    Sights nearby  -  Edgar Allen Poe’s house has been turned into a National Historic Landmark telling the history of the poet's life
    Local markets  -  Lexington Market started in 1872 and boasts over a 100 local food vendors along with live jazz
    Recommended by  -  Tablet

    Once a dancehall for the floods of immigrants entering the US, Recreation Point now holds a trendy design hotel that is taking Baltimore's waterfront by storm! The cool interiors are matched with fantastic service and a range of show-stopping eateries and bars. With an outdoor pool and fab location! See More

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  • The Ivy Baltimore 18 rooms from £410

    City Style  -  The Ivy enjoys a perfect location for those looking to get to know Baltimore
    Total relaxation  -  Luxurious accommodation and extensive spa facilities at your disposal!
    Sights nearby  -  Wander over to the historic Mount Vernon Place and check out Johnson Square
    Local markets  -  Head over to Baltimore's bustling Lexington Market
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux

    The luxury 5* Ivy Hotel was built in 1889 and offers elegant accommodation in downtown Baltimore. The rooms are designed in a traditional manner but with plenty of colour to liven things up, whilst meals at their superb Magdalena restaurant aren't to be missed out on. An upmarket and classy stay! See More

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